Patents Examined by Lori Wu
  • Patent number: 10801555
    Abstract: A wear compensation device of a clutch actuator may include a screw movable along a longitudinal direction of a pull-rod axially received in the screw, a screw guider holding the screw to allow movement in the longitudinal direction and having a connection pin connected to a link member, a compensation nut supported by the screw guider, engaged with the screw, and having catching teeth, a compensation ring externally coupled with the compensation nut, having a catching protrusion to be locked with the catching teeth in one direction thereof, and having a guide pin on an external circumference of the compensation ring, and a guide block fixed to a housing, having a guide groove to receive the guide pin, and guiding the guide pin to rotate the compensation ring when the pull-rod is operated to a wear compensation range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Jong Min Kim, In Tae Park, Jinwoo Lee, Euihee Jeong
  • Patent number: 10800254
    Abstract: A driveline assembly for an electric vehicle for driving a pair of wheels. The driveline assembly includes an electric motor having an output shaft. A differential is coupled with the output shaft and is configured to receive torque from the output shaft. A pair of primary shafts are each coupled with the differential and configured to receive torque from the differential. A pair of end reducers are each configured to receive torque from one of the primary shafts and provide a gear reduction and torque multiplying effect at a wheel output. A controller is connected to the electric motor and is configured to superimpose a torque fluctuation at the output shaft to counteract vibrations in the driveline assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: NEAPCO INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY HOLDINGS, LLC
    Inventors: Donald Remboski, Jacqueline Dedo
  • Patent number: 10801552
    Abstract: A torque-dependent, releasable clutch for a hand-held power tool is specified, which includes a first clutch element, which interacts with a second clutch element to transmit a torque, at least one of the two clutch elements being movable with respect to the other clutch element and being pretensioned by a spring element, the spring element having a nonlinear load-displacement characteristic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: C&E Fein GmbH
    Inventor: Frank Walz
  • Patent number: 10794466
    Abstract: A planetary gear device includes a sun gear; a plurality of planetary gears; a planetary carrier at which the plurality of planetary gears are rotatably provided; and a ring gear, wherein the planetary carrier includes an oil feeding passage which feeds lubricating oil to at least one of the plurality of planetary gears, wherein the ring gear is a double helical gear in which a pair of rows of internal teeth are arranged in a direction of an axis line of the ring gear and the internal teeth of one of the rows and the internal teeth of the other of the rows are inclined in different directions, the ring gear including at least one discharge passage, wherein the at least one discharge passage includes an inlet-side portion and an outlet-side portion, the inlet-side portion being closer to an inlet configured to open in a region between the pair of rows of internal teeth at an inner peripheral surface of the ring gear, and the outlet-side portion being closer to an outlet configured to open in a region of an out
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Takunobu Nishida, Hirofumi Akahori, Mamoru Yoshitomi
  • Patent number: 10793284
    Abstract: A multimode clutch assembly is positioned in a powertrain of a rotorcraft. The multimode clutch assembly includes a freewheeling unit having input and output races. The freewheeling unit has a driving mode in which torque applied to the input race is transferred to the output race and an overrunning mode in which torque applied to the output race is not transferred to the input race. A bypass assembly has an engaged position that couples the input and output races of the freewheeling unit. A hydraulic actuator shifts the bypass assembly between the engaged position and a disengaged position. In the disengaged position, the overrunning mode of the freewheeling unit is enabled such that the multimode clutch assembly is configured for unidirectional torque transfer. In the engaged position, the overrunning mode of the freewheeling unit is disabled such that the multimode clutch assembly is configured for bidirectional torque transfer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: Bell Textron Inc.
    Inventors: David Andrew Prater, Eric Stephen Olson
  • Patent number: 10793156
    Abstract: A vehicle control device is for a vehicle having a drive source, and an automatic transmission connected to the drive source, the automatic transmission having an engagement element for disconnecting/connecting transmission of a driving force and a variator placed further upstream than the engagement element. The vehicle control device includes first and second control units. The first control unit is configured to execute sailing stop control to stop the drive source and to put the automatic transmission into a neutral state when a sailing stop condition is established. The second control unit is configured to start the drive source and to implement downshifting of the variator when a size of a deceleration level is a prescribed value or greater when the sailing stop control is cancelled due to a prescribed sailing stop cancellation condition among sailing stop cancellation conditions being established, and to engage the engagement element after the downshifting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: Jatco Ltd.
    Inventors: Yukifumi Ootsuka, Masayoshi Nakasaki, Yoshimasa Nishihiro
  • Patent number: 10788088
    Abstract: A selectable clutch assembly for a multimode powertrain of a rotorcraft. The selectable clutch assembly includes a freewheeling unit having input and output sides. The freewheeling unit has a driving mode wherein torque applied to the input side is transferred to the output side and an over running mode wherein torque applied to the output side is not transferred to the input side. A bypass assembly is coupled to and rotatable with the output side of the freewheeling unit and is actuatable between engaged and disengaged positions with the input side of the freewheeling unit. In the disengaged position, the freewheeling unit is operable in the driving and the over running modes such that the selectable clutch assembly is configured for unidirectional torque transfer. In the engaged position, the over running mode of the freewheeling unit is disabled such that the selectable clutch assembly is configured for bidirectional torque transfer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: Bell Textron Inc.
    Inventors: Eric Stephen Olson, Mark Alan Przybyla, David R. Bockmiller
  • Patent number: 10767707
    Abstract: A coupling arrangement for the powertrain of a vehicle with a clutch housing which is rotatable around a central axis is provided with a clutch mechanism with input-side clutch units) in operative connection with an input-side clutch unit carrier which is fixed with respect to rotation relative to the clutch housing and with output-side clutch units which are in operative connection with an output-side clutch unit carrier which is fixed with respect to rotation relative to a torsional vibration damper, and with a pressing device through which an operative connection between the input-side clutch units and the output-side clutch units can be produced or cancelled, and with a torsional vibration damper connecting the clutch mechanism to an output. The pressing device is provided axially between the torsional vibration damper and the clutch mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: ZF Friedrichshafen AG
    Inventor: Steffen Matschas
  • Patent number: 10767760
    Abstract: A power transmission system include a transfer case including an input shaft, an output shaft, a planetary gear device including a first rotary element, a second rotary element, and a third rotary element, and a HIGH-LOW switching mechanism including a switching sleeve configured to selectively couple the output shaft to the first rotary element and the second rotary element, an electric motor coupled to one of the first rotary element and the second rotary element, and an electronic control unit configured to control the rotational speed of the electric motor, during switching operation of the HIGH-LOW switching mechanism while a vehicle is stopped, such that the rotational speed of the input shaft becomes substantially equal to zero.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Koji Ando
  • Patent number: 10759268
    Abstract: A manual gearbox section for a vehicle includes a section input, a section output, a freewheel device situated in a freewheel torque path between the section input and the section output, and a clutch device situated in a clutch torque path between the section input and the section output. The clutch torque path forms a bypass path with respect to the freewheel device and/or the freewheel torque path. The freewheel device is in the form of a rotational-speed-dependent freewheel device. The freewheel device is in a freewheeling state at a first rotational speed and in a coupled state at a second rotational speed. The second rotational speed is higher than the first rotational speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: Schaeffler Technologies AG & Co. KG
    Inventors: Thomas Mehlis, Bastian Krueger, Eckhard Kirchner, Andreas Kinigadner
  • Patent number: 10760627
    Abstract: This clutch control device includes a clutch device, a clutch actuator, a hydraulic pressure circuit device, hydraulic pressure sensors, a control device, and a control valve for controlling a flow of a working fluid between the clutch device and the clutch actuator. The hydraulic pressure sensors include an upstream side hydraulic pressure sensor and a downstream side hydraulic pressure sensor. The control device is configured to perform feedback control of the clutch actuator using hydraulic pressure detection information of a side on which hydraulic pressure fluctuation is small, among the hydraulic pressure detection information of each of the upstream side hydraulic pressure sensor and the downstream side hydraulic pressure sensor, in the case of driving the clutch actuator toward a pressurization side and in the case of driving the clutch actuator to a decompression side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Junya Ono, Tatsuya Ryuzaki, Hiroyuki Kojima, Yoshiaki Nedachi, Eisuke Kajihara
  • Patent number: 10746236
    Abstract: There is provided a clutch control device which includes an electric oil pump, a clutch unit, and a pressure measurement unit, and which controls an operation of the electric oil pump so as to change a transmission state of the clutch unit. The device includes a pressure control valve that is located between an oil passage for connecting the electric oil pump and the clutch unit to each other and an oil pan for storing an unpressurized hydraulic oil, and that discharges the pressurized hydraulic oil from the oil passage to the oil pan, when pressure of the hydraulic oil exceeds valve opening pressure, and a pump drive control unit that controls hydraulic pressure by driving the electric oil pump, based on target pressure indicated by a change command of the transmission state of the clutch unit and the hydraulic pressure measured by the pressure measurement unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: NIDEC TOSOK CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takamitsu Eto, Fumiya Sagara
  • Patent number: 10738839
    Abstract: A clutch arrangement is formed with drive-side and, output-side clutch elements and a clutch piston for operative connection and disengagement between the drive-side and output-side clutch elements. Associated with at least two clutch elements is an elastically deformable clutch element working mechanism through which the corresponding clutch elements can be acted upon in direction away from one another by an axial force to assist disengagement of the drive-side and output-side clutch elements. The clutch element working mechanism provides a considerable change in the gradient of the axial force exerted on the clutch elements as a result of even a small change of shape of the clutch element working mechanism so that a sharply rising axial force of the clutch element working mechanism works against the clutch piston.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: ZF Friedrichshafen AG
    Inventors: Johannes Friess, Christoph Sasse, Wolfgang Grosspietsch, Angelika Ebert, Axel Rohm, Steffen Romeis
  • Patent number: 10731737
    Abstract: An angle-measuring device is provided for a rotationally-driven linear actuator, which can be implemented into a clutch actuator. A rotor element has an axis of rotation and rotates concentrically with a rotor of a rotary drive for an axially movable linear actuator element. A measurement magnet arrangement is fixed relative to the rotor element and has a polarization. The polarization is oriented in such a way that the magnetic field lines can change with a rotation of the rotor element so as to enable the angle to be precisely determined from at least one measurement position. At one location, a 360-degree sensor is provided for measuring angular positions based on the measurement magnet arrangement. At another location, a revolution-counting sensor is provided for counting a number of revolutions carried out based on the measurement magnet arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: SCHAEFFLER TECHNOLOGIES AG & CO. KG
    Inventors: Markus Dietrich, Laszlo Man, Peter Greb
  • Patent number: 10731758
    Abstract: A parking lock having a locking pawl engageable into a parking interlock gear, a connecting rod with an interlocking element to prevent the parking lock from disengaging when in the locked condition, a spring for engaging the parking lock, a hydraulically actuatable actuator for disengaging the parking lock, and an emergency release device for emergency disengagement of the parking lock. The piston is articulatedly connected to a first disk rotatably mounted on a selector shaft, a second disk connected to the selector shaft in a torsion-proof manner is articulatedly connected to the connecting rod, the spring is tensioned between the transmission housing and the second disk, and the emergency release device is connected to the selector shaft in a torsion-proof manner. The first disk is operatively connected to the second disk such that rotation of the second disk by the emergency release device does not rotate the first disk.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: ZF FRIEDRICHSHAFEN AG
    Inventors: Markus Herrmann, Marcel Gutzeit
  • Patent number: 10724630
    Abstract: In a control apparatus for an automatic transmission, in a drive train, a driving source and the automatic transmission having a plurality of gear-shift stages including the gear-shift stages at each of which a one way clutch is engaged during a drive are equipped, a gear-shift line correction by such coast correction lines as to provide such gear-shift line shapes projecting toward a lower vehicle speed side in a small accelerator opening area is added to up-shift lines of the gear-shift stages at each of which the one way clutch participates from among the gear-shift lines after the correction by vehicle speed correction lines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignees: JATCO LTD, NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shunsuke Ogasawara, Hiroaki Shiokawa, Yuichiro Matsunaga
  • Patent number: 10710673
    Abstract: A crankset for a pedal-driven vehicle has a frame with a bottom bracket shell. The crankset includes a crank arm rotatably mounted to the bottom bracket shell of the frame; a spindle operatively connected to the crank arm at an end spaced-apart from the bottom bracket shell and rotatable about a spindle rotation axis. A stationary member fixedly mounts to the bottom bracket shell. A rotatable member operatively engages the spindle and is configured to engage the spindle in rotation. A connecting assembly operatively engages the stationary member and the rotatable member. The connecting assembly is configured to engage the rotatable member in rotation upon rotation of the crank arm about the bottom bracket shell. A pedal angular control assembly operatively connects to the spindle and is configured to control an angle of a pedal according to an angular position of the crank arm during rotation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: PROTO FAB INC.
    Inventor: Luc Jacques
  • Patent number: 10711890
    Abstract: A control apparatus for a vehicle drive-force transmitting apparatus which includes a gear mechanism and a continuously-variable transmission mechanism and which establishes selectively a first state in which a drive force is transmitted by the gear mechanism and a second state in which the drive force is transmitted by the continuously-variable transmission mechanism. The control apparatus sets a shift-up-action permitted gear ratio of the continuously-variable transmission mechanism, which makes a state-switch-requiring shift-up action is permitted to be executed. When a running speed of the vehicle is not higher than a given value, a predetermined high gear ratio value is set as the shift-up-action permitted gear ratio. When the running speed is higher than the given value, a predetermined gear ratio range ranging from the predetermined high gear ratio value to a predetermined low gear ratio value is set as the shift-up-action permitted gear ratio.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yuki Murakami, Masakazu Owatari, Norihiro Tsukamoto, Kengo Nagai, Satoshi Kato, Susumu Moritomo
  • Patent number: 10704676
    Abstract: A transmission assembly including a clutch system, an accumulator, and a controller is provided. The clutch system may include a flow source. The accumulator may be selectively in communication with the flow source via a solenoid valve. The controller may be programmed to, responsive to detection of a vehicle stop and the accumulator charged below a predetermined threshold, output a command to open the solenoid valve to rapidly charge the accumulator from the flow source. The predetermined threshold may be an accumulator pressure between 700 kPa and 900 kPa. The controller may be further programmed to, responsive to detection of the accumulator being charged to or above the predetermined threshold, output a shut down command to an engine in communication with the transmission assembly and to output a close command to the solenoid valve. The flow source may be a pump out circuit or a line pressure circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Joseph Scott Slayton, Patrick Heikka, Mark Davis, Hafiz Shafeek Khafagy, Benjamin Rupley
  • Patent number: 10703438
    Abstract: A bicycle crank transmission apparatus includes: a hollow shaft member; a base plate coupled to the shaft member on one side and installed securely on a bottom bracket featuring a spindle on the other side; a chainring housing coupled to the shaft member in a way that allows its rotation and having a ring gear installed securely inside; a reduction gear unit arranged in the middle of the ring gear; a directly-coupled ratchet unit installed on the ring gear; a crank cover where a coupling shaft coupled to the spindle is perpendicularly provided in the center and where clutch ratchet teeth, which are engaged with the directly-coupled ratchet unit, and directly-coupled ratchet teeth are vertically stacked on the internal wall surface; and a sun gear installed on the coupling shaft in such a way that it only rotates in clockwise direction and partially engaged with the reduction gear unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: CONTAVELO CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Sa Seok Jang